Category Archives: Addiction

Overcoming anxiety and obsessive thoughts

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I’ve served countless folks who feared they lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) because they found themselves having frequent irrational and/or unwanted thoughts. OCD is a fairly rare condition, but occasionally experiencing obsessive thought patterns is pretty common. Think of it this way: Do you ever avoid the cracks in the sidewalk? Ever feel like […]

LePage is actually saying very little about addiction 

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I usually appreciate the editorial stances taken by the BDN. In their column from Friday, “LePage is finally saying the right things about opiate addiction treatment”, the author extols the value of Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORP) with no acknowledgement of the systemic limitations placed upon it by DHHS nor inclusion of the value of any […]

The truth about Naloxone

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The Bangor Daily News contributed to a report from the Kaiser Health News, published Thursday  with a most unfortunate headline: “Patients get hooked on opioid overdose antidote, then prices skyrocket” The article references the opiate overdose anecdote, Naloxone, which immediately reverses the effects of opiates upon entering the body and saves lives. Naloxone cannot be abused […]

Compassion fatigue: how to avoid it and recover from it

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Novelist Spider Robinson wrote, “Any shrink’s office from which laughter is not heard at least as often as tears should be shut down immediately.” I’m a huge believer in that.  While folks like me know that we live at the extremes, we overlook how this impacts us emotionally. We feel everything or nothing. We’re either […]